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cincinnati newtown, we're hearing from chlt nra. >> and look out below. a landslide takes out a freight train. a camera captures the whole thing. look at that. good morning. welcome to "early start." >> it's nice to have you with us. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. up first, systemic failures at the state department. that is a scathing conclusion of an independent review board investigating the deadly september 11th attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed that day. the panel finding security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to cope with the attack, that washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel, and ultimately a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership senior levels both this washington and in libya. alise, what do you make of this report. a lot of these findings we've been talking about for a very long time. >> that's right, but also in the last few months, there's been so much politicization of this attack, especially with these talking points and the whole issue of susan rice, ambassador susan rice a
even one tiny iota of the courage that the teachers, the principal in newtown showed on friday. >>> finally, some real answers about the benghazi attack that killed four americans. we now know more than reason for the grossly inadequate security. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with president obama's call to action against what he calls the national epidemic of gun violence amid the trauma over the newtown school massacre, he has put vice president biden in charge of the agenda that could be submitted to congress next month. and a growing number of americans want action from the government. a brand new poll shows that 52% of u.s. adult dults favor major restrictions on guns, making all guns illegal versus 47% last august. let's turn to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's joining us. the president came out and didn't mince very words. >> reporter: no, wolf. this is the first time that president obama has laid out a time line. he appointed vice president biden to lead this group of cabinet lawmakers to come out with some solutions and he
newtown police as well as state troopers are expected to be on-site when schools open two hours later than unusual. sandy hook elementary, though, will remain closed. on monday, moving trucks arrived at the school to transport furniture to chalk hill school in the neighboring town of monroe, which will reopen to accommodate the sandy hook students. >> they're taking pictures of all the walls, everything where all the decorations were and they were be painstakingly put back together as close as possible to recreate that room. >> monroe has opened their arms because we are a small, new england community. and our neighbors are our family. >> on monday, the first two funerals were held for victims of the family. noah pozner and jack pinto. today, 6-year-old jessica rekos, who loved everything about horses. they'll be laid to rest. a wake will be held for a 27-year-old teacher victoria soto who saved many of her students by locking them in the closet before she was shot herself. police are confirming that doult two adults, not just one, who were shot at the school on friday survived
on our faces, even today the horror of newtown remains unspeakable. and as congresswoman mccarthy said, we have been here before. over and over again calling for action after these terrible massacres. but as she also said, this time it's different. this time we had 20 little beautiful angels and their teachers taken from us. and finally, our nation seems to realize collectively that it's the time to have a deep national conversation. now is the time for comprehensive solution, one that talks about our violent culture, our mental health system, and that talks about really doing something about gun violence. when we return in january, we are all planning to work hard together on a solution, on all of us solutions, but right now we can do something this week before congress leaves. we can pass legislation that will be a first and a reasonable step to help protect our children and to help show that congress has the will to begin stopping these massacres. this week we can bring to the floor a bill that congresswoman mccarthy and i introduced some months ago, co-sponsored by so many of our f
to save her students and three first graders will be buried in newtown today as president obama prepares to tackle gun control with a new announcement. >>> gun sales up, gun stocks way down. more investors turning away from them in the aftermath of the newtown shootings, a sign there is growing support maybe for stricter gun laws. >>> a huge winter storm hits the middle part of the country, then heads east. talking snow, big winds. we'll track the storm for you, coming up. >>> our guests this morning include maryland congressman chris van hollen, rick scott, christiane amanpour, tom cole, and newly named senator tim scott and brad garrett will join us. wednesday, december 19th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome back, everybody. our "starting point" is the state department. now blasted for systemic failures that led to the deadly september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. an independent review board determining that security at the physician facility grossly inadequate that leaders in washington ignored repeated requests to add personnel there and after the trag
for ways the country can respond to the tragedy in newtown. we'll be joined by vice president biden yesterday afternoon, the president talk with top members of his team including the vice president. arne duncan, attorney general larry holder and kathleen sa beale ya. this morning, children go back to school for the first time since last week's tragedy. newtown police as well as state troopers are expected to be on-site when schools open two hours later than unusual. sandy hook elementary, though, will remain closed. on monday, moving trucks arrived at the school to transport furniture to chalk hill school in the neighboring town of monroe, which will reopen to accommodate the sandy hook students. >> they're taking pictures of all the walls, everything where all the decorations were and they were be painstakingly put back together as close as possible to recreate that room. >> monroe has opened their arms because we are a small, new england community. and our neighbors are our family. >> on monday, the first two funerals were held for victims of the family. noah pozner and jack pinto
and minds, still focused on newtown. president obama will announce his next step. the students at sandy hook are going to go back to school in january. it's a new school where they're trying to replicate like sandy hook. >> they want every crayon in the right place. >>> we're also going to go, as part of our search for solutions, inside one of the safest schools in the country. you wouldn't believe how they protect the students in school. the question, of course, being are these extreme measures about to become routine in schools? >> certainly, a fascinating look. >>> also, a shocking verdict in the case of the high school valedictorian in michigan accused of killing his mother. we're going to go inside a stunned courtroom. >>> we're going to switch gears. you saw it in the open. get ready, everybody. it is perhaps our biggest "deals and steals" event, ever. all for the holidays. how about $15 hockey jackets? just for starts. >>> let's get to sam. that major storm sweeping across the country. and i guess blizzards in some places. maybe tornados in others? >> exactly. and it's going to be a l
in newtown, connecticut. it has not even been a week. we're five days after and the son of a pastor at a local church in newtown is telling foxnews.com that the shooter may have been very angry with his mother. he allegedly thought she was trying to have him committed to a psychiatric facility. joshua flashman said adam lanza may have been jealous of students at sandy hook elementary, believing his mother cared more about them than she did about him. later this hour we'll speak with a teacher about some of the heroism we saw in the schools of newtown on thatae. stay tuned for that. >>> fox news alert on an effort to reach a tax-and-spending deal in washington. the president just spoke at length about negotiations and we'll get to that in a moment. but earlier we heard a stern warning for uncle sam, meaning all of us, from one of the world's leading credit rating agencies. fix the fiscal crisis or risk a downgrade. fitch warning again that it may strip the united states of its aaa credit rating if washington is unable to strike a deal to avert these big tax hikes and spending cuts th
of the newtown school shooting. there was a stirring scene last night. the word hope, spelled out with candles, outside the wake of sandy hook elementary principal dawn hochsprung. and there was this. hundreds of firefighters standing at attention at the funeral of 7-year-old daniel barden, who wanted to be one of them when he grew up. today, vice president joe biden will begin meeting with law enforcement officials to discuss how to prevent another tragedy like newtown. we're going to have more on those talks coming up in just a moment. >>> and new concerns about marijuana and prescription drug use among teens this morning. a new survey finds 23% of high school seniors now admit smoking pot in the last month alone. 7% say they smoke it every day. and 1 in 12 teens now admits to using the stimulant adderall, which treats attention deficit disorder. a significant increase from just three years ago. >>> and finally, a $500 million mystery this morning after a whole lot more than a prayer was left at jerusalem's holiest of sites. a visitor at the famed western wall found an envelope, you guys. it
rampage as we remember more of the young victims. peter doocy is live in newtown. what exactly is the medical examiner trying to prove or look into here? >> reporter: jenna, the chief medical examiner, wayne carver, has recruit ad geneticist from you con, the university of connecticut, if there is known dizzy or disorder could be associated with the kind of murderous behavior that adam lanza showed last friday. dr. carver doesn't know for sure if adam had asperger's, but if he did that would not be associated with this kind of violence. he wants a geneticist to help figure out what kind of disorder s 25-year-old marine from sandy hook, that adam lanza thought his mom cared more for kindergartners she volunteered with last year than they did for him. he may have gone to their first grade classroom on friday when he found his mom was trying to send him to a mental institution. this marine told foxnews.com, quote, from what i've been told, adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and her plans to have him committed. adam was apparently very upset about this
. . >>> since the newtown massacre teachers across the country have been asking themselves what would i do? gun advocates in salt lake city tried to help teachers there answer that question with free gun training and self-defense classes during holiday break. here is alex cabraro. >> reporter: steven pratt has never had a gun permit, lately he's wanted one. >> with the recent tragedy in connecticut, i realized it's time for me to act on that. >> reporter: pratt is a third grade teacher. his students are about the same age as those who died in connecticut. >> i just worried a little bit, what would i do as a teacher? how would i protect myself if fired upon? >> reporter: is not the only one asking those questions. hundreds of teachers, administrators, janitors, anyone involved in a school came to the maverick center in west valley. this class called the mass violence response training class was designed to teach them to fight back. >> i think it's important to have protection. >> reporter: the class wasn't just about guns and protecting yourself with a gun. but guns were a big part of it. >> peo
in newtown, connecticut, the fight over gun rights and mental health treatment rages on. >>> getting nowhere fast, the winter storm system that spawned tornados across the south on christmas is now heading east, bringing with it blizzard conditions and travel misery for many. the highs and lows of 2012, a look back at some of the most memorable presidential moments of this election year. >>> president obama and senate members will be here in washington tomorrow, but we'll be hearing crickets on the house floor. nbc news has learned the republican leadership has not given representatives the 48-hour notice to return to work, another sign of inaction on the fiscal cliff front. joining me now for our daily fix, mr. jonathan capehart, msnbc contributor and "washington post" editorial writer. jonathan, we're just six days away, no indication from house republicans that they are going to come back any time soon. the leadership has gone mum on that. we know there's not been communication between boehner and mcconnell, obama and boehner. are you amazed with this short amount of time to go there seem
. >> thank you. >>> ahead on "starting point." two weeks from the horrific shootings in newtown, connecticut. now some teachers getting on board with the idea of getting armed. dozens of people trained to shoot. the man who taught it and one of the teacher who's took it coming up. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ thank you. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much. i appreciate it. i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime. how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money? if your bank takes more money than a stranger, you need an ally. ally bank. your money needs an ally. ♪ ♪ i need you by my side >> 24 minutes after the hour. soul singer fontella bass has died best known for "rescue me." the song sure had legs it was rerecorded by cher, pat beena tar. and more. she died wednesday night of complications of a heart attack she suffered three weeks ago. 7 yea2 years old. >>> deteriorating security in the central african republic has forced the u.s. state department to temporarily su
and washington working together, negotiating on this bill and what happened in newtown. but in middle america, nothing happens in a bubble. people are still shattered by that. and anybody that is dragging their feet, fighting, seeming petty less than a week after -- i'm sorry, this is the worst tragedy i can think of as far as just shattering the soul of this country. i say since 9/11, in my lifetime. 9/11 and this. then i guess you'd have to go back to kennedy's assassination. i can't believe how shaken -- people are just talking about this all the time. they're looking at washington squabbling over numbers. and since they've already decided on the big issues, they're just thinking, they're so dysfunctional. and whoever gets the blame for this, it's in big trouble politically. >> no question. and it's not just on the fiscal stuff. it's on other things, too. i mean, you know, i thought your incredibly eloquent statement last week reflects what a lot of people feel including a lot of people who have had reservations before about doing something. that fight's just about to begin. the high water
of services and ceremonies across this area including a very powerful tribute on the streets here in newtown, connecticut, a tribute to the seven-year-old who wanted to grow up to be a firefighter like his dad's cousins in new york city so firemen from across connecticut and from new york itself showed up to line the path of the funeral procession and they packed the church where the boy was remembered as fearless in the pursuit of happiness. also, the teamer victoria soto rebelled -- remembered as a hero and paul simon sang "sound of silence," in honor of the 27-year-old who hid her children in a closet. >> beautiful person and she made the ultimate sacrifice that i don't think a lot of people could have done. god bless her, she saved a lot of people. >> this afternoon the principal, dawn hochsprung is being remembered in woodbury, connecticut. her funeral will be private. >>shepard: we reported on the president's talk on gun control. he also said today he is pretty close to a deal with republicans that could keep us from plunging off the so-called fiscal cliff. the president says he wants
students safe is to keep guns out of the schools. >> there's been reaction since newtown. the gallup poll shows house americans views this, 64% of americans believe that armed school officials would be effective, and we take a look at arizona specifically, the state attorney general has proposed amending state law to allow one educator in each school to carry a gun. you know the arizona attorney general here, when you consider that, dennis, what's your take on that is it. >> i don't believe the solution is to arm a teacher. they said how many, do you need? inside? out -- >> are you saying one educator in one school. >> and my point is that one educator with a gun, i do not believe that enhances the safety of the school. what it does is puts a gun in the school, and as was mentioned, that person can be overpowered. whether or not there's got to be a greater way to do this? it's just not right, and where he need to tackle it. >> some republicans have been vet ode -- the sorts of as you're suggesting and having armed teachers is good? >> you know what? no, it doesn't make a difference. if yo
that she wrote about the newtown, connecticut shooting. the school says she violated their zero tolerance policy towards violence. >>> and nhl lockout negotiations continue to try to save the season. the lockout has been on now for more than 100 days. the league has already cancelled games through january 14th, and an offer is currently on the table for a 48-game season. >>> after passing through the house and now the senate, a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff still seems to be going nowhere. without a deal, tax hikes and massive spending cuts are in effect on january 1st. so here's what senate leader harry reid had to say earlier. >> this morning we've been trying to come up with some counteroffer to my friends' proposal. we've been unable to do that. i've had a number of conversations with the president, and at this stage we're not able to make a counteroffer. >> nbc news deputy political editor dominic a montenaro join us. >> hope is not a plan, and, you know, i think both sides are still far apart. i think they, you know, say they will continue negotiating. you saw the chain cpi now gam
inadvertently been spied on. >>> giants honoring 400 fans from newtown, connecticut before their game versus the eagles touching moment. the group included 200 students from the school district and victims' families. they formed a gauntlet to welcome players from both teams and held hands during the national anthem. >> dave: those newtown folks got to see eli manning throw five touchdowns. they rolled, but don't go to the playoffs. >> clayton: thanks for rubbing it in. >> juliet: here at fox news, we are lucky enough to be just a block away from one of the nation's biggest new year's eve celebrations taking place tonight at times square. >> clayton: our next guest says there is a whole lot of interesting stuff going on outside of the big apple. fox news' radio todd starnes -- we got to get rid of an s. he's here action there is a lot of weird traditions around the country, right. >> dave: your favorite is what? the pickle drop. >> clayton: there is a pickle drop and also a possum drop which i'll tell you about. >> we do have very creative people all around the country and check out some of t
" sunday night at 8:00. >> president obama talks about friday's shooting at an elementary school in newtown, connecticut. >> on friday, we learn more than two dozen people were killed when a gunman opened fire at an elementary school. most who died were elementary children with their lives ahead of them. among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives helping children fulfill their dreams. our hearts are broken today. we grieve for the families of those we lost. we keep in our prayers those who survived. they know their child's innocence has been torn away far too early. as a nation, we have endured far too many of these tragedies the past few years. an elementary school in newtown, a shopping mall again from oregon, a movie theater of in colorado, countless streetcorners and places like chicago and philadelphia. any of these neighborhoods could be our own. we have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this from happening. regardless of politics. this weekend, michele and i are doing what i know every parent is doing, holding o
for the newtown bee, and she was one of the first people to get on site. she came right after the first 12 policemen arrived, and she took this picture through her windshield, and it's just an amazing picture. you can just imagine these kids. they have been practiced. they've done this. this is the protocol. you know, the congo line. they all put their hands on each other's shoulder. the one in the front has to keep his eyes open, and it's so heart breaking. >> so many do seem to be keeping their eyes closed, which the teachers said don't look, don't look. >> what about the next one? the tornado in texas? >> the tornado in texas, isn't this the most incredible? this was made, again, through a windshield by a photographer, and it was -- it became so iconic the next day it was one of the -- on 17 front page pictures -- front page papers. it's just amazing. >> wouldn't you get off the road real quick if you saw that coming from the windshield? >> the juxtaposition, you rarely get to see the sides of the car. it's on its way. this guy is not a full-time photographer. he is a jack of all trades
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